Easy Ceviche

Easy Ceviche Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Appetizer

Ceviche to me equals party food. It doesn’t matter if it is a party or not. I am always super happy when I eat it so I like to make it for dinner too. It’s extremely easy to make this recipe and a great appetizer to bring for potlucks. It’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser as long as your party peeps like things spicy. If not, just reduce the chiles or de-seed the chiles to reduce the spice level. This can be served paleo with plantain chips, vegetables, endive, or lettuce cups. Or, serve with tortilla chips or tostadas for gluten free.

Ingredients:
1 lb. Frozen Peeled and De-Veigned Shrimp
Bowl of Ice Water
1/3 Red Onion, Diced
Juice of 6 Limes
1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt for Ceviche and 1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt for Cooking Shrimp
1/4 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
1 Cucumber, Peeled and Diced
2 Serrano Chiles, Diced
4 Roma Tomatoes, Diced
2-3 Avocados, Diced
Plantain chips, vegetables, endive, lettuce cups, tortilla chips or tostadas

Instructions:
1. De-frost shrimp in a bowl of luke warm water
2. Bring a pot of water to boil
3. Add 1 Tbsp Kosher salt to boiling water
4. Prepare bowl of ice water
5. Add shrimp to boiling water and remove from heat as soon as shrimp turns pink and is cooked all the way through
5. Place cooked shrimp immediately in ice water to stop the cooking
6. Dice cooked shrimp and combine in a bowl with 1/3 Diced Red Onion, Juice of 6 Limes, 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt, 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro, 1 Peeled and Diced Cucumber, 2 Diced Serrano Chiles, 4 Diced Roma Tomatoes, 2-3 Diced Avocados

Serves 6

Enjoy!

Easy Ceviche Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Appetizer

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Chilaquiles with Baked Tortillas

One of my favorite meals I had for the first time in the cafeteria when I worked at Mattel was Chilaquiles. I loved working at Mattel and the cafeteria was a huge perk. There were so many healthy options and it was so nice to be able to have delicious food without having to get in a car and drive somewhere. I always looked forward to the days Chilaquiles was the special on the menu. Traditionally a Mexican breakfast, Chilaquiles are often served with eggs but can also be seen as a lunch item on menus with chicken or carne asada. I finally decided to make them for breakfast and they were so delicious.

Easy Chilaquiles Recipe

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Garlic
Cilantro
1/2 White Onion Quartered
1-2 Serrano Chiles
Avocado
Corn Tortillas
Unscented Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 14.5 oz. can black beans
1 14.5 oz. can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
Cotija Cheese
Mexican Crema
Eggs Any Style – I prefer scrambled

General Instructions:
1. Bake the Tortillas
2. Make the Sauce
3. Heat the beans in small sauce pan
4. Make the Eggs
5. Assemble

To bake the tortillas:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place tortillas on parchment paper covered baking sheet
3. Brush both sides of each tortilla with unscented coconut oil
4. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until crispy flipping halfway
5. Break up into small chip sized pieces

Baked Tortilla Chips

Baked  Tortillas

To make the sauce:
1. Combine the following in a blender and blend until smooth:

1 14.5 oz. can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Garlic
1/2 White Onion Quartered
1-2 Serrano Chiles
2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2. Heat in small sauce pan

Easy Chilaquiles Recipe

To Assemble:
1. Put tortilla chips in sauce and stir to cover.
2. Place sauce covered tortillas on plate.
3. Top with eggs, heated black beans, cotija cheese, avocado, crema, and cilantro.

Easy Chilaquiles Recipe

Easy Chilaquiles Recipe

Enjoy!

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Homemade Sour Gummies

Healthy Homemade Sour Gummies

I have been seeing a lot of homemade gummies on pinterest and on instagram from some of my favorite food bloggers so I thought I would give it a try but I wanted to make homemade sour gummies. You have to understand any sour gummy candy has always been my favorite. Sour straws, sour worms, sour patch kids. I could seriously eat large amounts in one sitting if I let myself. I avoid them as much as possible because they are full of sugar and corn syrup. When I found out via the pinterest and instagram posts that grassfed gelatin gummies are actually good for you I became obsessed. They are a protein packed snack that helps tighten loose skin, improves digestion, helps joint recovery, and can decrease food allergies among many other health benefits.

I tried several recipes and ended up making up my own to get the flavor and texture I wanted.

Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
2/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
5 Tbsp Grassfed Gelatin
3 Tbsp Honey (Add more if you want it sweeter)

You can make these in any pan or container. I used these candy molds to make the gem and heart shapes.

Healthy Homemade Gummies

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan adding the gelatin last.
2. Heat on low while stirring with a whisk until the gelatin and honey are completely dissolved to combine all ingredients. Do not let boil.
3. Use a measuring cup to carefully pour mixture into candy molds.
4. Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
5. Enjoy!

You can store them in the refrigerator for several days, however they taste the best as soon as they come out of the freezer.

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BBQ Prosciutto Wrapped Pineapple

BBQ Prosciutto Wrapped Pineapple

We have been BBQing pineapple for some time now and the other day Antonio came up with the idea of BBQ prosciutto wrapped pineapple. It sounded delicious so we tried it and it definitely was. What a great appetizer. We served it with the ginger ponzu chicken, rice, and BBQ sweet bell peppers. This time I BBQ’d the chicken in whole pieces instead of skewers to make it even faster. Talk about a fun, simple, and quick weeknight dinner.

Ingredients:
Pineapple cut into spears
Prosciutto slices
Jalapeño (Optional)
Skewers

Directions:
1. Wrap each spear of pineapple with prosciutto.
2. Pre-heat BBQ to 350 degrees
3. BBQ for 8-10 minutes over direct heat rotating to cook all sides.
4. Add skewers after removing from BBQ

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Ginger Ponzu BBQ Chicken Skewers

Dinner really can’t get any easier than these ginger ponzu bbq chicken skewers. Ponzu sauce is a citrus sauce used in a lot of Japanese recipes. It’s made by simmering mirin, rice vinegar, katsuobushi flakes (from tuna), and seaweed (kombu) over medium heat. The liquid is then cooled, strained to remove the katsuobushi flakes, and finally the juice of one or more of the following citrus fruits is added: yuzu, sudachi, daidai, kabosu, or lemon. If you find it on a menu, most restaurants use the version of ponzu that contains soy sauce so be sure to confirm with the restaurant if it is or isn’t gluten free. My version of ponzu sauce is much simpler. I usually just combine citrus and soy sauce to make it quick and easy.

Ginger Ponzu BBQ Chicken

Ingredients
1 lb. Chicken Thighs Cut Into Cubes
1/8 Cup Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Ginger
Juice of 1 Orange
Optional – Sriracha Sauce on the side

Instructions
1. Combine all of the ingredients except the sriracha in a bowl and place in fridge for about 30 minutes to marinate.
2. Place chicken on skewers and discard remaining marinade.
3. BBQ on direct medium for 5-6 minutes per side or until fully cooked. To prevent sticking, do not flip too early. To make sure each piece of chicken gets fully cooked, make sure to place the pieces of chicken loosely on the skewers.

Ginger Ponzu BBQ Chicken Skewers

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Gluten Free Japanese Meatballs & Sriracha Dipping Sauce

One of my favorite meals to have in Japan was Yakitori and my favorite type of Yakitori is the Japanese meatballs or Tsukune. So many people think of Japanese restaurants as being all sushi restaurants. Sushi is not the only thing Japanese people eat. There is shabu shabu, udon, soba, yakiniku, tempura, japanese curry, okonomiyaki, and so much more. In many cities in the US it’s very difficult to find something besides a sushi place for Japanese food. Luckily in LA there are a lot of Japanese neighborhoods with lots of different styles of Japanese food. One of my favorite Yakitori places in LA is called Shin Sen Gumi . Unfortunately most of the Yakitori dishes I love are prepared with soy sauce which has wheat and I get sick from almost immediately even if I have a very small amount. I am so happy to have a great gluten free Tsukune recipe to make!

Gluten Free Japanese Meatballs Tsukune

Serves 4

Tsukune Ingredients
1 lb ground chicken or ground turkey
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1 Large Egg
2 Tbsp finely chopped scallion whites
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Soy Glaze Ingredients
1/4 cup Tamari Gluten Free soy sauce
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Honey
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp Tapioca Flour or Corn Starch

Dipping Sauce Ingredients
Mayonnaise
Sriracha Sauce

Instructions:
1. Combine all of the Tsukune ingredients using a stand mixer.
2. Form meatballs with 2 TBSP of the mixture or about 1 inch in diameter and place on a plate. Place in fridge for approx 30 minutes.
3. Combine the soy glaze ingredients in a small pot over low heat until combined. Or, place in microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute and stir.
4. Heat BBQ to medium high leaving 1 of the burners off.
5. Place Tsukune on skewers. I prefer to use these short skewers or these Paddle Skewers with 2-3 meatballs per skewer because they are perfect for serving and much easier to handle on the BBQ.
6. Grill over direct heat 5-6 minutes per side until cooked all the way through. Turn only once to prevent meatballs from sticking to the grill if you turn them too soon.
7. Move skewers to unlit burner and brush with glaze. After 2 minutes turn and brush with glaze.
8. To make the sriracha dipping sauce, combine mayonnaise with sriracha. I usually use 3 parts mayonnaise to 1 part sriracha. Add more sriracha if you want it to be more spicy.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Japanese Meatballs Tsukune

This recipe is modified to be gluten free from this recipe.

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Bloody Mary Brunch

Bloody Mary Brunch Party

I love having people over for brunch and guests love skipping the long waits at the popular brunch spots so I came up with this new idea for hosting a Bloody Mary Brunch. What could be more fun than to create a serve yourself Bloody Mary bar for your guests? There are so many ways to get creative with a Bloody Mary. And, it’s easy to turn your Bloody Mary’s into the meal by including things like Sliders, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Flavored Bacon, BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, and Pickled Eggs as garnishes. This is a special post I created just for the BevMo! Thirsty Times Blog. To see the full post with everything you need to host a Bloody Mary Brunch, click here.

Bloody Mary Brunch Party

Bloody Mary Brunch Party

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Peach Pistachio Summer Guacamole Appetizer

I don’t think these photos do this peach pistachio summer guacamole appetizer justice. It is SO good with the sweet, ripe peaches and the crunchiness of the pistachios. Antonio’s rating of this recipe is bomb dot com and he can be a very harsh critic when it comes to food. I first had guacamole with fruit at Taco Maria at the OC Mix, my favorite shopping and dining center in Costa Mesa. This is not Taco Maria’s guacamole recipe and it doesn’t even begin to give you the full Taco Maria experience so you should definitely check them out. Their food is amazing.

I made a similar recipe for guacamole last fall using pomegranates and it was a huge hit. Now that pomegranates are not in season anymore I decided to try other fruits. This recipe can also be made with pineapple, mangoes, nectarines, or plums.

Summer Peach Guacamole Paleo Gluten Free

Ingredients:
2 Large Avocados
1 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
1 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Cilantro
2 Jalapeño Peppers De- Seeded and Chopped (Reduce or eliminate to reduce spice)
Juice of 1 Lime
Pistachios, shells removed
1 White or Yellow *Peach, Peeled and Diced – make sure it’s a ripe peach
Taro Chips, Plantain Chips, Sliced Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Carrots, or Celery

*Note: This recipe can also be made with pineapple, mangoes, nectarines, or plums.

Summer Peach Guacamole Paleo Gluten Free

Instructions:
1. Cut avocados in half and remove seeds.
2. Mash avocado in a bowl.
3. Add juice of 1 lime, 1 Tbsp chopped garlic, 1 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp Cilantro, 1-2 chopped Jalapeños, and stir.
4. Top with pistachios and peach.
5. For paleo serve with Taro Chips, Plantain Chips, Sliced Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Carrots, or Celery

Peach Pistachio Summer Guacamole

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Heirloom Tomato and Peach Caprese Salad

This heirloom tomato and peach caprese salad is definitely not my invention. If you google it you can find so many variations that all look so good. I love this salad so much that I had to share it. Not only is it fun to make and a beautiful presentation, but it’s another salad that I actually like to eat. I am not usually a tomato fan. In pasta dishes or cooked down to a sauce I am ok but don’t really like regular tomatoes on their own. However, I love heirloom tomatoes all summer long and ripe peaches are so delicious when combined with the sweet tomatoes.

There are many varieties of heirloom tomatoes and you can now find them at almost any grocery store. Some taste better than others. They have a shorter shelf life typically than regular tomatoes which is why you often see them a little too ripe in the store. I like to buy mine in the multi-package at Trader Joes and store them in the refrigerator to make them last a little longer even though the flavor is better when you leave them out.

Heirloom Tomato Peach Caprese Salad

Serves 2

Arrange the following on a plate:
1 Heirloom Tomato, Sliced
1 Ripe Peach, Sliced – yellow or white but make sure it’s ripe
Fresh Mozzarella, Sliced
Chopped Basil
Fresh Pepper
Drizzle with Olive Oil
Optional – Drizzle with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Heirloom Tomato Peach Caprese Salad

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Easy BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe

These foil wrapped BBQ Baby Back Ribs are starting to become a Sunday night tradition. They are so moist, delicious, and super easy. You really can’t mess them up.

Most BBQ sauces are gluten free, however, some are not. Thankfully many brands are now labeling their sauces when they are gluten free. If the sauce is not labeled gluten free or is homemade there are several ingredients which may contain gluten. Look for ingredients like hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) also called hydrolyzed wheat protein which is a flavoring agent. Also look for worcestershire sauce, natural flavors, and natural sweeteners which may contain gluten.

Easy BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe

This is how I modified the recipe and instructions to make them even easier.

Ingredients:
1 Rack of Baby Back Ribs (about 13 ribs) cut in half, membrane removed
1 Cup Gluten Free BBQ Sauce

For the rub:
1/2 TBSP Kosher Salt
2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Crushed Fresh Garlic
2 tsp Dried Thyme
½ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat grill to 400 degrees
2. Mix the rub ingredients and spread evenly across ribs.
3. Double wrap each half rack of ribs in foil.
4. Place ribs on grill for 1 hour flipping once after 30 minutes.
5. Remove ribs and let sit for 10 minutes wrapped in foil.
6. Remove foil and place ribs directly on grill.
7. Grill for 10-12 minutes turning and basting with the BBQ sauce.

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